true crime

Captivating Criminality 5: Crime Fiction: Insiders and Outsiders

The Captivating Criminality Network is delighted to announce its fifth UK conference. Building upon and developing ideas and themes from the previous four successful conferences, Crime Fiction: Insiders and Outsiders, will examine the ways in which Crime Fiction as a genre is able to incorporate both traditional ideas and themes, as well as those from

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BOOKED OUT!!!The secret life of a crime scene cleaner

Sisters in Crime Australia and the Port Phillip Library Service present … Sarah Krasnostein speaks to Ruth Wykes about Sandra Pankhurst who for 20 years has cleaned houses in which people have died – sometimes violently, sometimes through drugs and, very often, alone. Krasnostein’s debut book, The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay

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Open invitation to the launch of Once a Copper by Vikki Petraitis

His car was firebombed by corrupt cops, and contracts taken out by notorious hitmen, but no one was off-limits to Brian ‘Skull’ Murphy’s fearless fight against crime. Best-selling true crime writer, Vikki Petraitis, brings Brian’s story to national attention. Petraitis explores the many facets of The Skull’s story. Starting on the mean streets of South Melbourne,

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Dervla McTiernan, Sisters in Crime and the new golden age of crime writing

Sisters in Crime gets big coverage in Fairfax Media today (12 February). It’s all thanks to a full-page article by Linda Morris about Dervla McTiernan whose debut novel, The Ruin, is out in April. Dervla credits being shortlisted in the 2015 Scarlet Stiletto Awards with giving her enough confidence to go through five drafts of

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Domestic Noir: Why the family is a cauldron for crime

Murders, infidelity, custody disputes, abductions and incarcerations can bring domestic living to boiling point, making the home an unsafe place to be – especially for women and children. Together, host Vikki Petraitis and authors Anne Buist, Megan Norris and Emily Webb will compare and contrast the approaches taken by novelists and true crime authors to

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Killer Cults – talk by Amanda Howard

Amanda Howard, series regular on Studio 10 ,will be giving a fascinating talk on Killer Cults and the Messianic minds of Cult Leaders. Her talk is 12:30 – 1:30pm Psychic Sunday, Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, 634 The Horsley Drv, Smithfield

24th Scarlet Stiletto Awards – presented by Sigrid Thornton, icon of Australian screen and stage

Reminder: Bookings close Wednesday 15 November.  Click to book: Join us for champagne and canapés as we celebrate Australia’s crime-writing talent at Sisters in Crime’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards. This year, 186 entries vied for glory, but only 26 stories were shortlisted for the 13 awards (Scarlet-Stiletto-entry-form-2017). Catch up with your favourite authors including Anne Buist, Hazel

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The Killer Weekend (London)

Killer Women Want to write a crime novel? Got an idea but unsure how to progress it? Like to know more about how to get published? Keen to pitch your idea to top editors and agents? Enjoy a weekend of practical workshops, exclusive masterclasses and pitch sessions given by top crime writers, publishers and agents,

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Global Frictions: How widespread misconceptions about language cause systemic failures in the justice system

A Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Global Research Ignorance is not bliss. How widespread misconceptions about language cause systemic failures in the justice system Presenter:  Dr Georgina Heydon, Director, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University, President, International Association of Forensic Linguists. (Dr Heydon spoke at Sisters in Crime 2013 Law Week event – a total star!!) Abstract Around

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BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival – Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 September 2017

Justice & Police Museum The inaugural BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival explores what crime can tell us about humanity, both contemporary and historical. Writers, detectives, film-makers, ex-judges and others will consider this and also Sydney’s unique relationship with crime. Sydney was founded by criminals and those who guarded them. Its convict culture helped shape egalitarian

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